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“The Muslim Brotherhood
Now, I don’t believe that it is up to the White Man to tell Arabs and Muslims who should lead them. And it is not up to past and present colonial powers to issue certificates of legitimacy to leaders of Arabs and Muslims. Frankly my dear, as Clark Gable said in Gone with the Winds, we don’t give a damn. And, we have seen your choices of preferable Middle East leaders and—to put it politely—they are despicable: those puppets, kings and presidents in our region. But I don’t trust the Muslim Brotherhood and its variations, one bit. It is up to the Egyptian people to decide, but I won’t rust that lousy organization given its opportunistic history. It was a too of US/Saudi Arabia during the Arab cold war, and sided consistently with the Zionist camp. It is the organization that welcomed the advent of the Sadat regime. Not to mention its archaic views on women and minorities. I don’t even trust them on Palestine: they have been allies of the friends of Israel throughout the region. And they are now pretending to have found a new courage: they con’t come close to the Egyptian and Tunisian secular protesters. In Lebanon, the branch of the Muslim Brotherhood there (Al-Jama`ah Al-Islamiyyah) marched in support of the the Egyptian Uprising. This organization has been bought off in full by Hariri family and is part of an alliance that was aligned solidly with Mubarak. Who are you fooling. And the most cowardly branch of the brotherhood in Jordan, heaped praise on King `Abdullah of Jordan, simply because he agreed to shake their hands. And they there demonstrate against Mubarak, and yet it would be much more impressive if they demonstrate against their own tyrant. The Muslim Brotherhood deserves another century: maybe ten centuries ago, or even earlier.”

The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب (via guerrillamamamedicine)

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“In all Saudi and Hariri propaganda, orders came down that they should refer to the (bombed) pipe line as the one that carries gas to Jordan—not to Israel.”

The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب

yeah this is what i had heard too, that the pipeline was to jordan.  was corrected last night by an egyptian friend. 

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{ LINK: afghani poppy: **BREAKING** Israeli warplanes have attacked Gaza in the past hour. At least 7 air strikes were reported across the... }

afghanipoppy:

SOURCE, I’ll link to the AJE when it comes up

UPDATE 1: Tumblr user cirrincione confirms reports from friends in Gaza, but nothing on AJE or any other news source yet…

  1. cirrincione reblogged your post:**BREAKING** Israeli warplanes have attacked Gaza in the past hour…
    this is true, my friends in gaza have confirmed.

UPDATE 2: Tumblr follower submitted Israel National News link

The IDF spokesman confirmed that aircraft belonging to the Israeli Air Force attacked overnight Tuesday three targets in the Gaza Strip.

Sorry, I wish I had more. Perhaps AJE is waiting to confirm all the facts or they think it’s not significant…either way, it’s not up yet.

(Source: insaniyat, via abagond)

{ **BREAKING** Israeli warplanes have attacked Gaza in the past hour. At least 7 air strikes were reported across the Gaza, rocking the besiged strip, and causing wide spread panic. 8 people have been injured so far, many houses sustained damade, and fire is reported blazing in many shops…[via Gaza TV News] }

another update:

afghanipoppy:

SOURCE, I’ll link to the AJE when it comes up

UPDATE 1: Tumblr user cirrincione confirms reports from friends in Gaza, but nothing on AJE or any other news source yet…

  1. cirrincione reblogged your post:**BREAKING** Israeli warplanes have attacked Gaza in the past hour…
    this is true, my friends in gaza have confirmed.

UPDATE 2: Tumblr follower submitted Israel National News link

The IDF spokesman confirmed that aircraft belonging to the Israeli Air Force attacked overnight Tuesday three targets in the Gaza Strip.

Sorry, I wish I had more. Perhaps AJE is waiting to confirm all the facts or they think it’s not significant…either way, it’s not up yet.

UPDATE 3: Press TV confirms that there were 2 Israeli airstrikes on Gaza with no confirmation by the Israeli army

Witnesses said the Israeli warplanes flew over the region, and then a huge explosion was heard in Gaza city, and ambulances and firefighters arrived at the scene, AFP reported.

Israeli drones also hovered over two other towns in the south of the strip. Israel has repeatedly attacked Gaza since the 22-day war of December 2008 to January 2009.

Witnesses said Israeli warplanes struck a metal workshop in Gaza city, adding that the building, which is in a densely populated area, was severely damaged, but no injuries were reported.

Israeli army units often fire rockets at empty areas in the Gaza Strip, saying that Palestinian resistance groups dig tunnels underneath these empty areas.

An Israeli army spokesman had earlier claimed that four homemade projectiles were fired from the Gaza Strip, but no damage or injuries were reported.

(Source: insaniyat)

“Look at this trash:
“What will become of Israel if Mubarak falls?”. Let me assure you that we don’t care what will become of Israel, and let me assure you that people of the region only harbor ill will toward the Zionist usurping entity. PS When the Soviet Union was collapsing, imagine if newspaper were to publish articles saying: what will become of the PLO? What will become of Syria? They would have never allowed such line. But as I told the crowd at UC, Davis yesterday: don’t forget the element of racism in how Western people look at Egypt.”

The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب (via guerrillamamamedicine)

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“As the Egyptian military leads a hopeful country toward democracy, the top U.S. military official is touring the Middle East to reassure key American allies that everything will be all right. Adm. Mike Mullen will visit Jordan, which is facing its own unrest in the wake of revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, and Israel, which is worried that the end of the Mubarak regime will lead to an Egyptian government less friendly to the Jewish state. Israel fought several bitter wars with Egypt before signing a peace treaty in 1979, an agreement that Mubarak steadfastly enforced. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Egypt that its new government must continue to support the treaty, Israel’s first with an Arab nation. The U.S. usually gives Egypt around $1.5 billion a year, mostly in military support, and the role of the Egyptian military in establishing a new order will make Mullen’s connections in Cairo increasingly important for keeping the country on a peaceful path.”

U.S. Tries to Reassure Jordan, Israel

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{ LINK: Tell the Israel Philharmonic: Don't Harmonize with Apartheid! }

redguard:

Join Adalah-NY and other groups to protest the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s NYC performance

Tuesday February 22nd from 5:30 - 7:15 pm
Carnegie Hall on 57th St. and 7th Ave. in Manhattan

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s (IPO) performance is part of its annual national tour, which will be protested in other cities as well. The protests respond to the call from Palestinian civil society to boycott institutions that work to normalize the occupation of Palestinian territories and the oppression of Palestinians in Israel, the territories, and in exile.

The orchestra actively participates in whitewashing Israel’s apartheid policies. By serving as cultural ambassadors for Israel, the Israel Philharmonic is supporting the Israeli government’s “Brand Israel” initiative, an effort to divert public attention from Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people. The orchestra refrains from criticism of Israel’s policies, and is described by the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra as “Israel’s finest cultural emissary,” which “travels throughout the world…The goodwill created by these tours…is of enormous value to the State of Israel. As a result, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra maintains its position at the forefront of cultural diplomacy and the international music scene.”

One corporate sponsor of the IPO’s US tour is Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev, who hosted a gala fundraiser last November for the IPO tour at his New York jewelry store. The IPO thus partners with Leviev’s companies though they have been shunned by UNICEF, CARE, Oxfam, the British and Norwegian governments, Hollywood stars and international investment firms due to Leviev’s construction of Israeli settlements and involvement in human rights abuses in the diamond industry in Southern Africa.

People throughout the Middle East are mobilizing to challenge repressive governments. The people will not tolerate dictatorships or occupations. Join us in the street for a peaceful, meaningful, timely protest against the art-washing of apartheid.

Protest co-sponsors to date (list in formation): Adalah-NY, Artists Against Apartheid - NYC, Al Awda-NY, Hunter Collage SJP, Jews Say No!, Middle East Crisis Response, Palestinian Club of Brooklyn College, NYU - SJP, War Resisters League New York Local, WESPAC, Women in Black-Union Square, Women of a Certain Age.

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“…[Natalie] Portman talks of being ‘infuriated’ by protests against the Toronto Film Festival for its string of films from Tel Aviv. She explains that the protesters…“say [Tel Aviv] was built on the misery of Palestinians. Well, the United States was built on the misery of the Native Americans and all the slaves who were brought over so are we going to boycott all American films? I don’t think the Israeli government is beyond criticism—there’s plenty to protest against, but it seems really absurd to me that artists would try to censor art.””

Natalie Portman in V Magazine in 2009 (you can read it here)

I guess she didn’t think the social and cultural boycott of apartheid South Africa was a great idea either. Or that protesting current, ongoing human rights violations is different from protesting ones that happened 200-300 years ago. And the “other countries did/do bad things too!!” has always been my favorite defense, nice touch Ms. Portman.

I have a ton more of garbage just like this sitting in a word doc on my comp from when I was writing the colour beige entry, I wonder if I should just make a Colour Beige 2: The Idiocy Outtakes post or something.

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[TRIGGER WARNING: Links and commentary may be triggering for sexual assault and institutionalized racism.]

Things that are true: Natalie Portman said something hella stupid and it’s not the first time. She made a crass comparison to try to make a flawed and fucked up point and she should be called out for it.

Things that are not true: That human rights violations committed against Native people is not a current, ongoing issue. It is not in the past. And you know what? We should be protesting about it. We should be demanding the return of sacred land and landmarks. We should be fucking infuriated that a 2010 law meant to protect Native people places a value of three years maximum jail time on their rape, which is epidemic and overwhelmingly committed at the hands of non-Native men.

I am so exhausted with this bullshit, y’all. I am so sick of purported allies perpetuating the meme that, after all that there genocide “200-300 years ago,” EVERYTHING WAS TOTALLY COOL. It erases all the shit that went down in those 200-300 years. Like Catholic boarding schools built for the expressed purpose of teaching Native children how to be “civilized people,” boarding schools full of physical, emotional, mental and sexual abuse, the last of which weren’t shut down until the 1970s. It ignores the fact that as a DIRECT RESULT of these schools, huge parts of our culture has been lost forever, trained out of us, that so many of our languages are dying out and alcoholism and abuse within the community has skyrocketed. And then there’s the forced sterilization of Native women (also in the 1970s!), the undermining of tribal law and leaders, making it impossible for them to protect their own people, something that was, as mentioned, only addressed in TWO-THOUSAND AND TEN in a hugely problematic and fucked up law that inherently values a Native person’s rape as less worthy of punishment than any other citizen. And these are the US government’s attempts to fix things.

What Natalie Portman said was fucked up, but so is the commentary above and I am officially out of spoons.

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the last residential school was shut down in the 90’s. More current than you think.  If you’re in your 20’s, and had been born native - it could have been you.

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Thanks for the correction. I had heard a lot of articles citing the 1970s as when most shut down and then read one that said the last was, indeed, closed in the 90s, but apparently my brain blanked on that in my rage. Shall edit the original post.

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{ LINK: from Middle East Children's Alliance: "URGENT! 400 Children to be deported from Israel ACT NOW!" }

if you can’t donate, passing this around helps a lot.  thanks.

If you watched the Oscars on Sunday night you may remember the award for best short subject documentary, “Strangers No More.”

According to the film’s website, it’s about “an exceptional school where children from forty-eight different countries and diverse backgrounds come together to learn. Many of the students arrive… fleeing poverty, political adversity and even genocide. Here, no child is a stranger.”

This Sunday, the State of Israel plans to deport 400 children from the Tel Aviv community of migrant workers and refugees featured in this film.

Unless we ACT NOW.  All of us.

MECA staff are working around the clock to focus public attention on the threat these children face and bring pressure to bear on Israel to STOP THE DEPORTATION AT ONCE.

I’m asking you to make a special contribution now to place print and online ads in the Los Angeles Times and the English edition of the Israeli paper Haaretz calling on Israel to stop the deportation and grant the children and their families full civil and human rights.

The ads will be signed by writer and activist Alice Walker, Academy Award winner Debra Chasnoff, author and academic Noam Chomsky, activists Cindy & Craig Corrie, Naomi Klein and other high profile MECA supporters. With a gift of $100 or more, received by 3pm on Thursday, your name will be published, as well.

When the State of Israel was founded in 1948 it forced 750,000 Palestinians from their land and their homes. Today, Israel is destroying homes, neighborhoods and forcibly removing families from East Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley, and the Negev. Now, 400 children could be deported from Tel Aviv. 

An Academy Award won’t stop these children frombeing deported but, toghether, we can.

Many thanks,
Barbara Lubin, Founder and Director

P.S. Please don’t wait. We need to raise $22,744 in the next 72 hours and, with your help, I believe we can. Make the most generous contribution you can now to help stop this horrifying threat to 400 children.  Thank you.

abudai:

STAND WITH THE IRVINE 11

[video: fade into footage of Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren speaking at a podium.  camera then swings around to a view of some members of the audience (the Irvine 11) standing up and protesting his speech — the footage then cuts breifly between several of the protesters.  voiceover is edited together from two different broadcasts.  first voice: “11 Southern California college students have been charged with conspiring to disrupt a speech by Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren.”  second voice: “an Orange County District Attorney has brought charges against 11 Muslim students, known as the Irvine 11.”  a graphic of two of the Irvine 11 standing up in protest appears onscreen, along with the text “STAND WITH THE ELEVEN”.  fade into footage cutting between several people, each reciting part of a speech, with certain parts of the speech repeated by different people for emphasis: “11 students [cut] exercised their right [cut] exercised their right [cut] and spoke truth to power [cut] truth to power.  [cut] for using the power of their voice [cut] power of their voice [cut] to address an Israeli government representative [cut] to express outrage [cut] at the crimes the Israeli [cut] government committed in Gaza [cut].  they are now facing criminal charges [cut] facing criminal charges [cut] for demonstrating [cut] demonstrating in a way [cut] American protesters do all the time [cut] with no consequences.  [text transcript appears onscreen next to footage of people as they speak]  to help the 11, you can [cut] visit Irvine11.com [cut] for action items and information [cut], contact Orange County District Attorney [cut] Tony Rackauckas [cut] at [cut] 714-834-[cut]3600, [cut] start the discussion on Facebook [cut], Twitter, on the radio, on your campus [cut], in churches, synagogues, and mosques.  [cut] if you don’t speak up for the 11 [cut] if you don’t speak up for the 11 [cut], if you don’t speak on their behalf, [cut] who will speak for you?”  video cuts to footage of a room full of people sitting in chairs and raising their fists in the air.  they say in unison: “US supports the Irvine 11!”  the shot becomes framed inside the large, centered number “11” in the otherwise-solid white text “IRVINE11COM” (with a red dot above the second “I”) on a black background.]

i THINK they were saying “US supports the Irvine 11” at the end there — i kinda had trouble making out the first part.

if you cannot do any of these things, passing this around is still very helpful.  thank you.

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